HYSEAS III – the World’s First Hydrogen Powered Sea-Going Car Ferry – Destination Orkney

HYSEAS III will pave the way for the building and launch of the world’s first sea-going car and passenger ferry fuelled by hydrogen. The supported development is expected to cost around €12.6 million. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity marking a paradigm shift towards entirely emissions-free marine transport. The successful test will allow a vessel to be constructed, in the already assured knowledge that such a vessel can operate safely and efficiently around Scotland’s challenging coast. The vessel is planned to operate in and around Orkney, which is already producing hydrogen in volume from constrained –hence otherwise wasted – renewable energy.

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Orkney Islands to lead €11 million ITEG project to integrate tidal power, grid and hydrogen

The €11m Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project brings together partners from across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to address energy-related carbon emissions in North-West Europe and tackle grid export limitations faced in remote areas such as Orkney. The project consortium includes EMEC, Scotrenewables Tidal Power, AREVA H2Gen, the Energy Systems Catapult, Energy Valley/New Energy Coalition, University of Caen Normandy, University of Le Havre Normandy, Ghent University and the Normandy Development Agency.

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BIG HIT Creates Exemplar ‘Hydrogen Islands’ Energy System for Orkney

The official opening of BIG HIT brings together communities, industry, and politicians who are all working together to deploy one of Europe’s leading energy systems. BIG HIT will enable more renewable energy to be produced and used locally in the Orkney Islands of Scotland and also support similar deployments more widely. BIG HIT has been widely recognised as the leading project of its kind in Europe. BIG HIT, involving 12 participants based across six EU countries and funded by the EU FCH JU. The Orkney Islands of Scotland were chosen for this development because of the need to store excess renewable energy and utilise the stored energy locally for transport and heat.

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BIG HIT Project Fuels Up with ‘Green Hydrogen’ in Orkney Islands

The first refuelling of a hydrogen vehicle in the Orkney Islands has taken place using locally produced, renewable hydrogen.  The ‘Building Innovative Green Hydrogen Systems in an Isolated Territory’ (BIG HIT) project has carried out the first refuelling of the fleet of five, zero emission, Renault Kangoo vans equipped with the Symbio hydrogen range extender  at the ITM Power refuelling station in Hatston. This is a major first step towards creating a genuine hydrogen territory in the Orkney Islands.

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Scottish Cities Alliance looks forward to a Smarter & Greener 2018

SHFCA member Scottish Cities Alliance is showing the huge benefits of collaborative working with their Smart Cities and Hydrogen workstreams. These are helping to boost Scotland’s environmental credentials around the world.

The Alliance has been working with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) on the commercialisation of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and hydrogen fuel cell buses as part of the Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (JIVE).  These are the most ambitious projects to-date, deploying large scale refuelling infrastructure for fuel-cell vehicle fleets across Europe. The bids into the FCH-JU were successful which means that Aberdeen under JIVE will deploy a further 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses in 2018 and Dundee will look to deploy 12 fuel cell buses in 2019 under JIVE 2. 

Through this work, Scotland is positioning itself as one of Europe’s leading early adopters of hydrogen technology which will help to attract investment into sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and encourage the commercialisation of hydrogen technologies over the coming years.

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First Scottish Government 'Future of Energy in Scotland' Strategy Released

Scotland's first Energy Strategy ‘The Future of Energy in Scotland’ was released on 20th December 2017, and sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland. It sets two new and ambitious targets for the Scottish energy system by 2030:

•  The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources

•  An increase by 30% in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy

The Strategy aims to double Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity from 9GW to 17GW by 2030, and also considers two indicative scenarios for the low carbon energy system in Scotland in 2050: an electrified future; and a hydrogen future. Both scenarios are consistent with Scotland’s climate targets, and show how low carbon electricity and hydrogen could be used to meet demand across the industry, services, residential and transport sectors.

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E4tech releases Fuel Cell Industry Review 2017

The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2017 offers data, analysis and commentary on key events in the industry in 2017. Now in its fourth year, the report has been compiled by a team led by E4tech - a specialist consultancy in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector.  This year's big trends include:

• significant corporate interest in large-scale hydrogen

• major investment by China to build fuel cell capabilities and companies

• realistic prospects of robust industry scale-up

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Fife Levenmouth Project Lift Two Green Energy Awards

Fife continues leading the way in Scotland’s energy sector, recognised by two awards at this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards. The Levenmouth Community Energy Project, a partnership between SHFCA members Bright Green Hydrogen, Fife Council and Toshiba won the Carbon Reduction Award. And Fife Council’s lead officer for renewables, Barbara Whiting, who is also Chair of SHFCA has been crowned Champion of Renewables.

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4th Energy Wave Releases 2017 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Review

4th Energy Wave has released their 2017 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Review, a free resource for the industry and interested stakeholders. It is downloaded and accessed annually by over 10,000 users around the world, regularly quoted and the data reused and leveraged by a range of organisations.

The 2017 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Review is the continuation of the Fuel Cell Annual Review report from Fuel Cell Today, started by Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson and her team in 2007. The dataset combines both historical data from FCT and fresh data, collected and collated by 4th Energy Wave. This year’s special 10th Anniversary Edition presents for the first time one of a range of scenarios developed by 4th energy Wave on the emerging fuel cell and hydrogen sectors.

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Hydrogen Council releases ‘Scaling Up Hydrogen’ Report

The Hydrogen Council report ‘Scaling Up Hydrogen’ sets out hydrogen’s contribution as a key pillar of the energy transition. This report by McKinsey Associates is a comprehensive and quantified roadmap to scale deployment. It shows that hydrogen has the potential to develop US $2.5tn of global business, creating more than 30 million jobs by 2050. Deployed at scale, hydrogen could account for almost one-fifth of total final energy consumed by 2050. This would reduce annual CO2 emissions by roughly 6 gigatons compared to today’s levels, and contribute roughly 20% of the abatement required to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

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